(Closed) How are you communicating that you are having an hors d’oeuvres style reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@swarlesk:  Thats what we are doing minus the yacht!  I put on my invite that we were having a “Cocktail Reception” 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

“Light reception” maybe?

We had one and mentioned it similarly on our invites and then on our website I believe we said something about the casual atmosphere and then hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception. <– We had lots of desserts. No one was hungry and we had some left over, so I think it went fine. We also had a more casual reception with no DJ/dancing, no alcohol, and it was in the middle of the afternoon.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We had a similar type of party.  We just called it a cocktail reception.  We also ensured that it started late enough (8pm) that it wouldn’t be over the dinner hour.

I like the way that you have described it.  To be honest, we got more questions about what to wear then about the food.  lol

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’d also just call it a Cocktail Reception (though your wording is fine, too).  I don’t think there’s anything left to explain – either way, it will be clear to guests that they’re in for drinks and hors d’ oeuvres, and no sit-down dinner.

I think your wedding sounds like fun.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Call it a cocktail reception and don’t hold it during a normal mealtime – either in the afternoon ending before dinner or no early than 7:30/8:00 PM.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I agree with the PPs.  We did the same thing.  We held the wedding at 7:00pm, then cocktail reception at 7:30.  It was perfect.  The non meal time is the biggest clue.  If you have something at 5:00 people will expect a full meal.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We just said “reception to follow.” The wedding was at 1:30. We purposely put it at a time of day when people wouldn’t expect a full sit-down meal.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m having my reception begin at 7 PM, and it’s an hors d’ouvres meal, and I made no mention of it on the invite. They’re heavy hors d’ouvres – pizza, meatballs, gnocchi, etc – so no one will be hungry.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@AmeliaBedelia:  Hey, I’m copying your wedding!  Well, except we have dancing, courtesy of a computer or ipod or something else TBD.

Here’s my reception card:

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

 

‘Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony”

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re going to a wedding that said ceremony followed by “a light dinner and dancing.” I assume its hor d’oueuvres

 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@nyscpa2be:  🙂 Cool. We were going to have dancing courtesy of the iPod and just scrapped it closer to the date when I didn’t feel like putting together a playlist or adding the time to the venue. haha. Lazy bride.

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